Book Review: Secrets, Lies, and Scandals by Amanda K. Morgan



Secrets, Lies, and Scandals
Author: Amanda K. Morgan
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Mystery
Released: July 5th 2016
Review Source: Simon Pulse


Nothing ruins summer vacation like a secret…especially when it involves a dead teacher.

Ivy used to be on top of the social ladder, until her ex made that all go away. She has a chance to be Queen Bee again, but only if the rest of the group can keep quiet.

Tyler has always been a bad boy, but lately he’s been running low on second chances. There’s no way he’s going to lose everything because someone couldn’t keep their mouth shut.

Kinley wouldn’t describe herself as perfect, though everyone else would. But perfection comes at a price, and there is nothing she wouldn’t do to keep her perfect record—one that doesn’t include murder charges.

Mattie is only in town for the summer. He wasn’t looking to make friends, and he definitely wasn’t looking to be involved in a murder. He’s also not looking to be riddled with guilt for the rest of his life…but to prevent that he’ll have to turn them all in.

Cade couldn’t care less about the body, or about the pact to keep the secret. The only way to be innocent is for someone else to be found guilty. Now he just has to decide who that someone will be.

With the police hot on the case, they don’t have much time to figure out how to trust each other. But in order to take the lead, you have to be first in line…and that’s the quickest way to get stabbed in the back.


At a Glance:
Oh, hey! This book reminds me of How to Get Away With Murder? Don't you think?

Cover:
I love red, black and white... just like the book. I really like the cover. It's simple, yet mysterious and it's gives you that vibe of a thriller book. Such a great cover.

Action:
This is a thriller book, filled with mystery... not much of a packed action. Yet these five characters will have you on edge ;)

Romance:
Not really. There are fiver characters, we all get to know them in third person. Each have their own voice but no romance.

Something I loved:
I really enjoyed that fact that I was able to distinguish each characters. Usually when there is more than two perspective, things begin to blur. Not with the way Amanda wrote this book. She was able to give a voice to each of the characters, even if it is in third person. They were all witness to their awful teacher and they each told their story.

Something I didn’t like:
Even though the story is suspenseful, the ending is a bit predictable. Yet, I was able to enjoy the story no matter what. Then again, we learned what REALLY happened and you get the, really??? Nothing bad but boy, this could've saved them a lot of trouble.

Would I recommend it?
Despite the ending, I really enjoyed this story. Secrets, Lies, and Scandals is similar to How to Get Away With Murder with a touch of Pretty Little Liars, so if you are a fan of the shows, then you should definitely give this a try. Any fans of mysteries, thrillers, and/or suspense would enjoy this read.

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